ABOUT THE AUTHOR
At the tender age of 9, Mary Hart and her older sister were tasked with the feat of raising their four younger siblings after their mother passed away. Growing up in poverty and under the scourge of discrimination did not deter Mary from becoming an achiever.
Mary put herself through university to obtain her nursing degree. Before she knew it, she was nursing wounded soldiers in Vietnam. She returned to the U.S. but found herself unable to talk about her many experiences saving lives in the war-torn country, nor could she expect praise from fellow citizens. Americans were angry about the war, and that anger was often taken out on those who served in it, valiant as they were.
As unpleasant as Vietnam was, it became the basis for Mary to become a flight nurse, a job that would require her to travel across the country. Highly trained and with a penchant for helping others survive, even in very tedious, difficult situations, Mary was challenged to keep her critically ill or injured patients alive during medical transports in helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft. She became a pioneer in setting up medical evacuation flights for trauma patients throughout the United States.
During her stellar and noteworthy career, Mary experienced plenty of trauma of her own: a plane crash on landing and another plane colliding with the wing of her aircraft, engine failures on takeoff, and other near-miss disasters. Even in the midst of these hardships, dangers, and troublesome misadventures, Mary developed a sense of humor that may catch you by surprise and encourage you to laugh above the fears you face. Later in life, Mary went from caring for patients to becoming one, but even leukemia didn’t slow her down.
Mary is certainly not a quitter, and she perseveres in the face of adversity. By looking at life through her eyes, you will learn how to handle crises and attain skills you can apply in everyday life to achieve whatever goals you want to achieve, in spite of any and all obstacles.